NH Council of Churches - NH Religious News March 9, 2011

Solidarity with Immigrants:From Arizona to NH Statewide Speaking Tour - the Rev. Liana Rowe March 9 - 13


Arizona clergywoman and activist in the movement for humane immigration policies is touinhr NH churches to help residents understand what is at stake in the immigration debate.


Rev. Liana Rowe, an Arizona UCC minister and  member of AZ Ecumenical Council Public Policy Commission  will give presentations to helpus understand what is at stake in the immigration debate. 


Click here for dates/times/places of presentations


Rev. Rowe has been working for humane immigration policies for more than ten years.  She sits on the Board of Directors for Humane Borders, a humanitarian organization that maintains water stations in remote desert regions of Southern Arizona.  She has also been active with the Somos America/We Are America Coalition in advocating for human and civil rights in Arizona.  Rev. Rowe was 2011 recipient of the City of Phoenix Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award. 

Her NH tour is sponsored by the Commission on Witness and Action of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ and the American Friends Service Committee.

Rev. Rowe will be accompanied at many of the presentations by the Rev. Sandra Pontoh, pastor of the Maranatha Indonesian UCC Church in Madbury, NH, and Eva Castillo Turgeon, who leads the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees

Immigration, The Church, and the Bible 
A day-long workshop for those who teach, preach and serve both clergy and lay leaders 
Friday, March 11, 2011
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wesley United Methodist Church
114 Main St. Worcester, MA 
Presenter: Professor M. Daniel Carroll R., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, Author of Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible (available from NHCC $7.99 rather than $13.00 retail)
Registration: $20 includes lunch and a copy of Strangers in the Land, the 6-week devotional guide on immigration from the editors of Sojourners. $30 for a Pastor and Lay Leader.  Scholarships are available. Double your money back if not satisfied! Call or email too register NOW!


Why attend?  Scripture is quoted by religious leaders pro and con immigration reform, more often used as weapon than a balm.  With a deep sense of uneasiness about the tone of the debate, the NHCC believes this event can help.
  • Shift the conversation about immigration reform.
  • Know what our Bible says about this contentious topic.
  • Help your congregation become a center of honest, biblically-grounded conversation about this hard issue.
A flyer with registration form is available at nhchurches.org/files/Immigration Workshop Brochure.pdf 
Qquestions? call- 603-224-1352 or info@NHchurches.org. We look forward to seeing you in Worcester.

Ministry to NH Military Families - Workshop For Religious Leaders 


Welcome them home and help them heal! The NH National Guard currently has the largest deployment to the Middle East in history. Before and during deployment, community and church help is needed. After deployment, church outreach could save lives and marriages of our citizen soldiers.


  • Come and learn how you and your Faith Community can help.
  • Learn about the unique challenges military families face during deployment.
  • Learn about military culture so you can better assist military families.
  • Learn about existing support programs that need volunteers.
Thursday March 17
10:00 am - 11:30 am - light lunch to follow
NHCUCC Conference Building
140 Sheep Davis Rd
Pembroke, NH
For religious leaders only.  Space is limited.  Register now.
RSVP regarding attendance and/or lunch to jean@NHChurches.org.
Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters. 

Two day workshop for clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals and crisis responders.


Friday March 18 and Saturday March 19  8:30am -5:00pm
NH Council of Churches
140 Sheep Davis Rd.  Pembroke, NH 

on Route 106 across from A & B Lumber


  • Enhance your skills in providing effective emotional and spiritual care (ESC).
  • Meet the disaster-related needs of first responders and individuals within disaster operations. 
  • Effectively integrate these principles for appropriate care throughout the disaster continuum from the immediate to long-term recovery process.



Registration: Open until all seats are filled. Reply now to Shirley@nlcnh.org  $100.00 includes CEU's, workbooks, handouts and snacks.


Click here to download registration materials.


This event is co-sponsored by the NH Council of Churches and New Life Church of the White Mountains.

Rev. Bob Miller, D.Min.  instructor with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).  Master Chaplain with International Conference of Police Chaplains and Crisis Response Chaplain with the American Association of Christian Counselors and member of the American Association of Trauma Specialists. 


UCC Legislative Advocacy Day Thursday March 10 - You Are Invited

What are the consequences if people of faith do not involve themselves in public policy while various bills in the NH Legislature tear at our social fabric and sense of community? Just think - what would things be like if the church had remained silent on child labor, slavery or the civil rights movement?


You are invited to join the NHC-UCC Commission for Witness and Action on March 10, and Legislative Advocacy Day, Tuesday April 19. Featured resource people for March 10 include Rev. Liana Rowe of the UCC Southwest Conference plus NH faith leaders and policy advocates.


Want more info? Email: economicjustice.nhcucc@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call John Gregory-Davis at 469-3235 or Gail Kinney at 381-7324.  To download a flyer click here.

NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty  New Organizer Will Add People of Faith Group: Mr. Ray Bilodeau. 

 NHCADP's newest organizer, Ray Bilodeau, has been Clinical Director the NH Juvenile Drug Court, administrator for the Division for Children, Youth and Families, a probation officer. Ray has completed a three year "Called to Servant Leadership" lay ministry program. Ray will be taking the lead in reaching out to and organizing the faith and law enforcement communities. If you religious leader who has not already joined the repeal movement, please introduce yourself to Ray. You can email him at rbilodeau@nodeathpenaltynh.org. Welcome, Ray!

Letter Writers Needed to Stop Expansion and Advocat for Repeal of Death Penalty  


This is proving to be a tumultuous and difficult year for those of us who are fighting for abolition of the death penalty in New Hampshire.

To educate the public about the true costs of the death penalty, the NHCADP seeks volunteers to submit regular letters to the editor. LTE is a powerful advocacy tool that we need to wield frequently.  For more information on LTE click this link to our website. 

Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking book and movie) Coming to NH!  Save the Date. 
  We are thrilled to report that Sr. Helen Prejean will be coming to New Hampshire this May. Sr. Helen has agreed to be our key note speaker at the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Annual Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, May 19th. [time and place to be determined].  If you have never heard Sr. Helen speak about the death penalty, you will not want to miss this. More information will be posted on the NHCADP website at:  www.nodeathpenaltyNH.org.

How to do Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Worship Well


Think MLK Day, Thanksgiving, Holocaust Remembrance Day, local celebrations and public memorials- how do you craft a worship service that includes a diversity of faith traditions in your celebration?  The New Hampshire Council of Churches will be sponsoring a workshop on ecumenical and inter-religious worship on November 4th, 2011, location TBA.

This workshop will be led by the world-renowned Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh, Otis Charles Visiting Professor in Applied Theology and Faculty Emeritus of the Episcopal Divinity School.  Rev. Duraisingh has served with the World Council of Churches for many years and has published essays in the Dictionary of Third World Theologies and the International Review of Mission.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days slated in DC March 25-28  


Following the State of the Union and as the new 112th Congress gets underway, Christian advocates from across the country are planning to voice their concern for development, security and economic justice, especially for women and girls.


Over 700 persons of faith from across the country will visit Capitol Hill March 25-28, 2011, for the ninth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice Conference.


For more information click here.  To download a copy of the event's brochure click here.

NAMI NH:  Annual Conference

March 26, 2011 


This year's conference theme is "Mind and Body Connection". The day will include workshops on a wide range of topics, resource exhibits, NAMI NH Volunteer Recognition and the presentation of NAMI NH Annual Awards. New this year ~ a special Youth Track for youths (14-18). First 25 youth receive Free registration.

8:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH


Click Here for more details about the NAMI NH Annual Conference!


Please pass this along to consumers, families , providers and others interested in learning, sharing and helping to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
Nominate a Volunteer for the 2011 Vaughan Awards 

EngAGING NH and the NH State Committee on Aging are pleased to announce that they are soliciting nominations for the annual Joseph D. Vaughan awards.


This is a joint effort to recognize individuals or couples over the age of 60 who demonstrate outstanding leadership or meritorious achievement as volunteers on behalf of New Hampshire's older citizens.  Nominees must be residents of New Hampshire whose volunteer work is in New Hampshire.  Click here for more information and to download a nomination form.  Deadline March 22.

NH Cares - The coalition that translates the state budget for people in need into plain English, provides advocacy and action

Update is Now Active 

During the NH State Budget cycle, NH CARES meets weekly in Concord. They post updates of the budget process weekly on their website www.nhcares.net.  Come check it out! 

Enough For All:  Discussion Guide for People of Faith 


Start a conversation about the meaning and reality of the phrase, "Enough for All" with a new discussion guide created by A Minnesota Without Poverty.  This six-session interfaith discussion guide focused on topics including the basics in life, creation and the environment, economy, equality and community, and time.  Download the guide here.  Questions about the contents of this discussion guide may be directed to info@mnwithoutpoverty.org.

Lenten Devotional Booklet


We've a Story to Tell

Lenten Devotional Program


The Society of St. Andrew is known for providing nutritious fresh produce to feeding agencies across the United States is offering a daily devotional booklet called We've a Story to Tell. The devotions are inspired by the Christian journey and its impact on our personal lives. These daily devotions were contributed by a variety of writers from different denominations who share how their personal walk with Jesus impacts their lives.All materials for the Lenten devotional program are free from the Society of St. Andrew.  For a church sample kit or a personal packet, order online: www.endhunger.org/lent.htm; by phone: 800-333-4597; or by email: church@endhunger.org.

Journey to Lent, Journey to Learn 

The Lenten Study Guide, Journey to Lent, Journey to Learn: A Reflection on Public Education in God's World Today is now posted on-line:  http://www.ncccusa.org/2011lentenguidepubed.pdf  . 


In the context of Bible study, this guide, created by members of the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy, lifts up many of the concerns raised in a 2010 Pastoral Letter sent by the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches to the President and Congress,  http://www.ncccusa.org/elmc/pastoralletter.pdf .    


If you are active in a Christian community of faith, we hope you will consider using this guide in your congregation or for personal devotions during the Lenten season.

Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling


New Hampshire legislators have a major advantage in the current debate over legalizing slot casinosThey (and we) can learn from the actual experiences in other states having done so.


Last week, the Philadelphia Inquirer hosted a TV call-in program on that state of Pennsylvania's business climate. A caller asked about the impact of Pennsylvania's 10 (soon to be 14) slot casinos, the first of which opened in late 2006.


Here is the YouTube clip of the answers from three of that state's economic experts, all of whom see little to no economic gains from slot casinos.  For more information click here.

NH Department of State Dissolves 3,500 Nonprofits - Was One of them Yours? 

The NH Department of State, Corporate Division, has dissolved approximately 3,500 nonprofits this year pursuant to failure to file reports in 2010.


RSA 292:25 requires that all nonprofits file nonprofit reports & $25.00 filing fee with the Department of State in 1990, and every five years thereafter (1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and will again in 2015). Thus, all nonprofits had to file a nonprofit report last year (2010).  The report was due December 31, 2010. 


Notices were sent in early January 2010 reminding the nonprofits that they were required to file. In October another reminder was sent to organizations who hadn't filed yet.  All of the notices (including the dissolution notice) were sent to the same address.


If your address has changed and you have not filed a change of address with the Department of State in the past five years, these mailed reminders may not have reached you. Considering that there are approximately 8,000 nonprofits in NH and 3,500 have been dissolved, it is a good idea to check your records to ensure that you have filed the required documents.  For more information click here. 


Common Security Clubs:

Building Resilient Communities and Congregations During Tough Times.


Personal Financial Worries?  Global Economic Concerns?

An Introductory Workshop for Facilitators Interested in Starting Common Security Clubs

with Chuck Collins and Dakota Butterfield


Common Security Clubs are small groups where individuals find connection, information, and avenues to a new kind of security - one based on mutual aid and support. 


March 19, 2011  10am to 4pm

  First Congregational Church, 508 Union St, Manchester, NH

Cost: $15 

Lunch Provided

Who Should Come:  People with some experience leading groups.  No other expertise needed.


The Training:  You will learn how to lead our 6-session curriculum designed to promote learning, mutual aid, and social action.  The training is simple, participatory, and rewarding.


There is a $15 registration fee to cover materials and lunch

For More Information: Contact Olivia Zink 603.661.8621 or olivia.zink@gmail.com for more information, to register offline, or to inquire about a fee waiver.


Register online at http://commonsecurityclub.org/2011/02/21/march-19-manchester-nh-facilitator-training/


SNAP (Food Stamps) Outeach Ideas for Faith based Organizations


Help your congregation and community learn about the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition

Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) using these outreach ideas.


SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. To apply for benefits, complete a state application form through a local SNAP office. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/applicant_recipients/10steps.htm

How can my congregation or organization help people

1. Form an outreach group. Train staff and volunteers in the group with basic information about SNAP and how to apply.

2. Have an information table before and after services where volunteers help eligible congregants apply for SNAP.

3. Your local SNAP office can partner with you and help provide training and materials, including information on eligibility for families with mixed immigration statuses:


NAMI NH:  Annual Conference

March 26, 2011

This year's conference theme is "Mind and Body Connection". The day will include workshops on a wide range of topics, resource exhibits, NAMI NH Volunteer Recognition and the presentation

of NAMI NH Annual Awards. New this year ~ a special Youth Track for youths (14-18). First 25 youth receive Free registration.



8:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH


Join us on March 26, 2011!  Click Here for more details about the NAMI NH Annual Conference!


Please pass this along to consumers, families , providers and others interested in learning, sharing and helping to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.

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